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An Unexpected Pilgrimage

In an hour and a half, I am leaving to return to my favourite place in the world since childhood.  The last time I visited, it had been 17 years since I last set foot there.  I had  given up my dream of ever seeing it again, let alone living there, when suddenly I was […]

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Religion, Relationship, and Rule

It’s been said that religion is us looking for God, but Christianity is God looking for us.  Christ Jesus did not come to set up a new religion, but to restore a lost relationship. In our world that prizes education and how-to, the temptation is to let a system replace a relationship.  “If I do […]

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Remembrance

on May 27 I recorded this by my favourite river, to honour my Dad who loved to hear me play.  Please click to view on YouTube

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Scapular – taking the habit II

In March, I became a Novice monk in the familia Columba.  I now hyphenate my name to “Quinn-Columba”, and am consecrating more of my time/life  to practice Psalmody and silence and mindful work and other daily spiritual pursuits. I also began, despite former misgivings, to wear a scapular over my very small wardrobe.  It is, above all, […]

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Fighting Free of the Cocoon

In the cocoon, everything the caterpillar was, dies.  It turns to mush, it’s DNA is rewritten, it becomes something unrecognisable to what it was before.  When the transformation is complete, to strengthen its new wings for flight, there is another process – release from the cocoon. The change seems sudden and dramatic to the outside […]

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While I have made significant progress in my ‘taking the habit’ journey, today I want to share some revelation I’ve had regarding another part of my calling. Taking the discipline of the Hours, (also known as the Daily Office), was part of my monastic journey I tried to jump into right away.  Early research informed […]

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On St Patrick’s Day

“I found that the Celtic way of seeing things has also become a source of healing and renewal to people raised with a narrower and dualistic Christian spiritual world-view.  The Celtic view breaks through splits and isolations.  It helps us to connect with the earth.  It gives a positive perspective to us relating as male […]

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I’ve been on a Celtic Christian-based monastic path since 2011.  Shortly after stumbling across this Trinity-centric, wonderfully earthy, and at the same time mystical expression of the Christian faith, I was hooked. Never ‘fitting right’ in regular church, I am still astonished that there exists a way of faith so utterly in line with who […]

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Belovedness

I’m not much for computer games these days, but in my younger years I enjoyed a few of them. My best one was Sid Meier’s Civilization, a game where you could start from scratch with a group of settlers and explore and settle the world.  You decided what technology to pursue, what religion to pursue, […]

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Although it’s not been overtly stated, St Columba is extremely special to me. This very blog was named in honour of him, and in hope of one day emulating him.  He was trained in his youth by a Christian Bard and Theologian called Gemman.  He loved the Psalms, often repeating all 150 in a single […]

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